Sep 27 | England's Ross Kaiser Wins 2011 Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge

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Ross Kaiser is the 2011 Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge, clinching the $250,000 prize of racing a Daytona Prototype in the 49th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 29-30.

Ross Kaiser

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- England's Ross Kaiser is the winner of the 2011 Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge, clinching a driver's seat in a Daytona Prototype for the 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 29-30 -- the season-opening event to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

Kaiser scored 107.50 average points per race en route to winning the Radical UK Cup. British F3 champion Jean- Eric Vergne entered last weekend eligible for the prize, needing to virtually sweep both races, qualifying and fastest race laps. However, Vergne was unable to pull off that feat in the ultracompetitive British F3 event.

“I'm absolutely exhilarated," Kaiser said. "It's a fantastic opportunity and I'm looking forward to it.”

Kaiser already ran a few laps in a Daytona Prototype at Silverstone, and will next test the No. 39 Porsche Crawford at the British circuit in October.

“I ran a few laps in the DP during a track day and got a taste of what it's like,” Kaiser said. "But it was on a track day and we had to observe strict noise rules and had to keep the revs down. I was able to get a feel for the car, but not in its full glory. I'm really excited to be able to go back and test it."

Derek Johnston, the inaugural winner of the Sunoco Daytona Challenge, was with Kaiser at a race meeting on Saturday.

"Derek is my teammate on 360 Racing, and he keeps me up to date on the Sunoco Daytona Challenge," Kaiser said. "He told me it would blow my mind. I'm very happy and excited - I can't wait."

The 2011 Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge prize consists of:
• Three full test days in the UK with the #39 Daytona Prototype
• Three full test days at Daytona (Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona)
• A race seat in one of the top teams at the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona

Kaiser, originally from Ascot but lives in Bracknell where he makes a living from instructing and driver coaching, sees the win of Sunoco Daytona Challenge as a massive break in his career.

“I’m delighted to win the Sunoco Daytona Challenge," Kaiser said. "It’s absolutely massive. I’ve worked really hard to build my racing career. I instruct, driver coach and race with Terrance Woodward, but it can be a struggle to get by particularly through the winter. To have the chance to race at one of greatest endurance races in the world with one of the top teams is a fantastic opportunity which I hope will enable me to move on to a professional racing career.

“You couldn’t dream of a better prize and it is a fantastic opportunity for any upcoming driver. A lot of effort goes into the challenge by the Sunoco team, even the way the points are worked out. Without doubt, this is a once in a life time opportunity that just wouldn’t be possible without Sunoco and Daytona.”

Tickets for the Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Sep 24 | Week 12 Daytona Repave Update: First Paving Of The Wearing Course Begins

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The paving of the wearing course, the fourth and final layer of asphalt, was put down on the legendary 2.5-mile tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway for the first time during Week 12 of the Daytona Repave.

Paving in Turn 4
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The paving of the wearing course, the fourth and final layer of asphalt, was put down on the legendary 2.5-mile tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway for the first time during Week 12 of the Daytona Repave.

The crew from Lane Construction put down the top pass of the wearing course beginning at the entrance to Turn 3, through the steep 31-degree high banks, all the way to the exit of Turn 4. Paving of the wearing course will continue from Turns 3 and 4, through the tri-oval and start/finish line, and finish at the entrance of Turn 1.

Once the paving of the wearing course is complete in the high banks of Turns 3 and 4, the SAFER barrier, fence and light poles will be reinstalled.

Other updates from the 12th week of work on repaving Daytona International Speedway include:

• Completion of the third layer of asphalt, the leveling course, on the high banks in Turns 3 and 4

• The grading and compacting of pit road is complete and paving should take place in the next few weeks

• The removal of old asphalt in Turns 1 and 2 should take place following the completion of the paving of the wearing course in Turns 3 and 4

About the Daytona Repave: Lane Construction, which repaved other ISC race tracks including Talladega Superspeedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Raceway, will use an estimated 50,000 tons of asphalt to repave more than 1.4 million square feet of Daytona International Speedway and has a target completion date of Jan. 1, 2011.
Speedweeks 2011 will kick off with the 49th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race on Jan. 29-30 and conclude with the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Race fans can view the progression of the historic repaving project from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands, which will open free to the public. Track tours will also be available through attraction admission to Daytona 500 Experience.

Daytona International Speedway also is posting updates on the project at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/repave and on its social sites on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DISUpdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/daytonainternationalspeedway). For fans interested in purchasing pieces of asphalt, they can visit www.jostens.com/Daytona

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Sep 23 | New Dates For 2011 Daytona Supercross And Daytona 200

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The Daytona 200 Week schedule will feature a new look in 2011 with adjustments in dates for its two premier events – the Daytona 200 AMA Pro Racing motorcycle race and the Daytona Supercross.

Daytona 200

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daytona 200 Week schedule will feature a new look in 2011 with adjustments in dates for its two premier events – the Daytona 200 AMA Pro Racing motorcycle race and the Daytona Supercross.

The Daytona Supercross, the birthplace of Supercross in the United States and the longest continuous Supercross event in America since 1971, will now kick off the Daytona 200 Week schedule on Saturday night, March 5.

The most historic, demanding and challenging Supercross event of the year, which has recently featured star riders such as Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Chad Reed, Kevin Windham and Andrew Short, previously served as the finale to the Daytona 200 Week motorcycle schedule.

The second annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross event will be scheduled for Sunday, March 6 with the Ricky Carmichael University set for Monday, March 7.

The Daytona 200, America’s most historic motorcycle race, will be the finale to Daytona 200 Week on Saturday, March 12. Previously held on the Friday night of the second weekend of racing, the kick-off event to the AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike schedule will return to a daytime race in 2011.

“Moving the Daytona 200 and Daytona Supercross to stand-alone weekends will further allow us to grow both events as well as the remainder of the March motorcycle schedule,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “This new-look schedule gives motorcycle fans a better opportunity to enjoy all the different racing events that are showcased at the ‘World Center of Racing.’ ”

Other significant changes to the Daytona 200 Week schedule include:

• The AMA Pro Superbike and Supersport doubleheader will be staged on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12
• The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, which features riders aboard specially modified Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles
• The AMA Pro Flat Track events at the Daytona Flat Track are scheduled for Thursday, March, 10 and Friday, March 11
• The Amateur Flat Track events are set for Saturday, March 5 – Monday, March 7

“We are once again delighted to be returning to Daytona for our season opening races,” said David Atlas, Chief Operation Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “The historic significance of the Daytona International Speedway to the sport of motorcycle racing is well known and we are pleased that the full spectrum of AMA Pro Racing will be on display.  The realignment of the events will showcase all of AMA Pro Racing's stars in road racing, Supercross and flat track and will provide fans a fantastic opportunity to see their heroes performing at the highest levels at the World Center of Racing.’ "

The Championship Cup Series (CCS) races that were traditionally held on the first weekend of Daytona 200 Week will be held during the Speedway’s Fall Cycle Scene events in October, 2011. American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association events, also traditionally held during Daytona 200 Week, will now be scheduled during Fall Cycle Scene.

Tickets for the Daytona 200 Week events are on sale. For ticket information, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Sep 20 | NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Project Plants 100 Trees At Four Flagler County Public Schools

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NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway and International Speedway Corporation joined forces with nearby Flagler County as the beneficiary of NASCAR’s Green Clean Air tree planting project – one of the newest pro-environment community outreach programs developed by America’s most popular motorsport.

Tree planting

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway and International Speedway Corporation joined forces with nearby Flagler County as the beneficiary of NASCAR’s Green Clean Air tree planting project – one of the newest pro-environment community outreach programs developed by America’s most popular motorsport.

The NASCAR Green Clean Air tree planting initiative will plant 10 trees for every green flag that waves during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.  There were 10 green flags at the recent Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on July 3 and 100 trees are being planted at four Flagler County public schools. The NASCAR Clean Air conversion program neutralizes the carbon produced by race events.

On Monday, the program began as 80 NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation, Daytona International Speedway and Americrown employees planted 25 trees each at Matanzas High School, Indian Trails Middle School, Belle Terre Elementary School and Buddy Taylor Middle School.

International Speedway Corporation President John Saunders, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood and Mike Lynch, Managing Director of Green Innovation for NASCAR, participated in a tree planting ceremony on Monday at Indian Trails Middle School.

“We take environmental awareness very seriously,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.  “Today’s program is one of many initiatives at Daytona and across the ISC family.  These efforts range from broad-based recycling programs in partnership with Coca-Cola and Anheuser Busch, to working with NextEra Energy Resources to find ways we can all operate more efficiently.  The NASCAR Green Clean Air program is another example how the industry can come together to benefit of our environment and our local community.”

NASCAR’s Managing Director of Green Innovations Mike Lynch stated, "NASCAR is proud to present the NASCAR Green Clean Air program on behalf of all of our stakeholders to help neutralize greenhouse gas emissions and to give back in a very real way to the local race market community. We are looking forward to continue to grow this program in 2011 and beyond."

The trees used for this program were purchased locally from Nature Scapes of Flagler County.

 

Sep 17 | Week 11 Daytona Repave Update: Paving Work Continues On The High Banks

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The crew from Lane Construction continued work on paving the steep 31-degree high banks of Daytona International Speedway during the 11th week of the 2010 Daytona Repave project.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The crew from Lane Construction continued work on paving the steep 31-degree high banks of Daytona International Speedway during the 11th week of the 2010 Daytona Repave project.

On Thursday, workers from Lane put down the top pass of the leveling course (the third of four layers of asphalt) on Turns 3 and 4 and expect to finish work on the bottom pass over the next week.

The paving of the wearing course -- the final layer of asphalt  -- will begin thereafter. The first paving of the wearing course will start at the beginning of the Superstretch, run through Turns 3 and 4 and the tri-oval and finish at the entrance of Turn 1.

Other highlights from the 11th week of work on repaving Daytona International Speedway include:

• Maintenance work on the large paver

• Paving on the Superstretch skid pad continued

• Continue to place and grade the aggregate base on pit road

About the Daytona Repave: Lane Construction, which repaved other ISC race tracks including Talladega Superspeedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Raceway, will use an estimated 50,000 tons of asphalt to repave more than 1.4 million square feet of Daytona International Speedway and has a target completion date of Jan. 1, 2011.

Speedweeks 2011 will kick off with the 49th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race on Jan. 29-30 and conclude with the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Race fans can view the progression of the historic repaving project from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands, which will open free to the public. Track tours will also be available through attraction admission to Daytona 500 Experience.

Daytona International Speedway also is posting updates on the project at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/repave and on its social sites on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DISUpdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/daytonainternationalspeedway). For fans interested in purchasing pieces of asphalt, they can visit www.jostens.com/Daytona

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Sep 17 | Record Results At DIS For Fifth Annual 9-11 Blood and Marrow Drive

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Race fans produced record results during the fifth annual 9-11 Blood and Marrow Drive held last Saturday, Sept. 11 at historic Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Race fans produced record results during the fifth annual 9-11 Blood and Marrow Drive held last Saturday, Sept. 11 at historic Daytona International Speedway.

The Drive, which was staged at the Daytona 500 Club just outside Gatorade Victory Lane in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway, produced a 34% increase in units of blood collected from the previous year’s drive at the “World Center of Racing.”

The event generated 610 registered donors, 634 units of blood and 65 bone marrow registrations.

Blood donations were received by Florida’s Blood Centers and marrow registrations were handled by Kids Beating Cancer Bone Marrow Registry.

Every guest who donated received a ticket to next July’s Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race, a gift bag, free commemorative T-shirt and discount admission to Daytona 500 Experience, “The Official Attraction of NASCAR.”
For donors who scheduled an appointment in advance, they were entered to win a commemorative portion of Daytona’s original asphalt.

For more information and tickets for all Daytona International Speedway events, log on to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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